KEB Guidelines for Submissions

Author Guidelines:

The Kentucky English Bulletin (KEB) is the official journal of the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (KCTE). Published three times a year (including a student writing edition), the KEB circulates to all KCTE members, including English language arts teachers of elementary, middle, secondary, and college/university students. We seek a variety of submissions with this audience in mind, including feature articles, literary submissions, teaching ideas, recommendations for professional reading, reviews of YA and Children’s Literature, and editorials.

Feature Articles

See the Call for Manuscripts section of this issue or the KCTE website for theme descriptions and full calls for submission.

Teachers as Writers: Poetry, Essays, Letters, and Short Stories

We accept literacy submissions of any genre including short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, humor, and essays.

KEB Teaching Strategy Exchange

Submissions focused on classroom strategies and instruction to support the teaching of English Language Arts at all levels P-College. Descriptions of activities, practices, and procedures should be accompanied by relevant citations (as appropriate) and should include rationale, how methods were developed, modified, and used and for what purpose.

Professional Reading Recommendations

Short reviews of professional texts particularly those that have been recently published including such topics as instructional strategies, pedagogy, professional learning, and coaching as related to the teaching of English Language Arts.

What’s New IN Young Adult/Children’s Literature?

Short reviews of recently published (past five years) young adult and children’s literature.

Speak Out: Professional Issues

Formatted as a “letters to the editor” sort of section, members are encouraged to share ideas, thinking, and arguments that are relevant to the teaching of English Language Arts.

Queries may be directed to the editorial board of the Kentucky English Bulletin:

Winn Crenshaw Wheeler at

Caitlin Murphy at

Elizabeth Dinkins at

Manuscript Guidelines:

The following guidelines are intended to support authors’ understanding of the preparation and submission of manuscripts to KEB. More detailed questions and other questions may be directed to the KEB editorial board:

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically and follow these formatting guidelines:

  • 12-point font

  • Double Spaced

  • APA or MLA Style (consistent style should be evident within the text of the submission)

  • Feature Articles 2500-5000 words; other areas 2500 or less

Manuscripts should be submitted as two attachments in Microsoft Word:

  • Cover sheet that lists the title of the manuscript, author’s name, school affiliation, telephone number, email address, and brief author bio.

  • Title of manuscript and manuscript text which should be free of references to the author’s identity.

Manuscripts should be submitted via the links found on the KEB page of the KCTE website:

We do not accept the following:

  • Term Papers

  • Graduate Theses

  • Dissertations

We encourage authors of such works to consider revision of part of the work as the central focus of feature article to the extent practices and information are relevant to teachers of English Language Arts.

Accepted manuscripts are edited in consultation with the principal author. Due to deadlines, editors reserve the right to make minor edits and revisions without seeking prior approval of the author.

Citations of the work of other authors and creators should be formatted using the current style manuals of APA or MLA. Citation style should be consistent throughout the written work.

Manuscripts must adhere to the NCTE Position Statement, “Statement on Gender and Language” found here:

Tables, graphs, charts, artwork, and photography should be the original work of the author or contain explicit permission from the source. These should be included as separate files rather than embedded files.

Permissions Policy:

Permissions Policy

As author, it is your responsibility to secure permission for copyrighted work that appears in your article. The author must pay any costs associated with permissions. Pseudonyms should be used to protect the identities of students. Any written work of students should have written documentation of permission from the student and from the parent if the student is a minor.


Manuscripts Review Process

The editors will acknowledge receipt of your manuscript with an email. Each article is read initially for suitability for the Kentucky English Bulletin. If we think the article is not a good fit, we will let you know and offer alternatives to the extent possible.

After the initial review, the manuscript is shared with at least two reviewers. Reviewers provide feedback and a general recommendation about whether to accept, reject, or accept with revision the manuscript. Final determinations are made by the author. If revisions are needed authors will generally have 3-4 weeks to make them and resubmit the article. Once submissions are returned from reviewers, authors will be notified of the status of their work during the revision/editorial process. From the initial submission deadline to publication takes 4-6 months.